Oh, sweet spine of mine

{not my x-ray}

This morning I had my most dreaded dr.'s appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. When I was 14, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Basically, my spine is in the shape of a backwards "S". They caught it too late and it was already bad. Normally, you can wear a brace for a year (fun!) and it will re-correct itself, but mine had already gone too far and was told that I would most likely need to move forward with the surgery. The surgery being a Harrington implant (aka, rod in my back). Just the thought of going under the knife to have a stainless steel rod implanted in my back completely freaks me out. Not to mention all of the risks that come along with it. I have seen a few other spine doctors since I moved here. I actually saw one of the first surgeons to operate with the rod and he basically said that my spine was balanced and he didn't think it was necessary to do the surgery yet. I went back 3 years later and it had progressed a little but was still told to wait. My curves were in the upper 40's - I believe the top was 47 and the bottom was around 48-49 degrees. I was on the verge of having 50 degree curves and I knew what that meant. I was terrified each time I would go in because I didn't want to hear the dreaded words "We need to move forward to the next step" kind of thing. I scheduled my appointment last week after having some pretty intense pains in my foot while running. My left foot would fall asleep around 2 miles and it was almost unbearable. It tingled and hurt at the same time. Now, I know this is common with runners, shoes being too tight, but I was worried it was coming from a nerve in my back or a problem with one of my discs. Plus, it had been a good 3-5 years since my last back appointment so I figured this would be a good time to get in. I was fine until I had to sit in the waiting room for what felt like forever! I took a million x-rays and then played the waiting game. My lovely husband came along with me to this appointment. He knew how insanely scared I was so he decided to take the morning off to be my support. We prayed about it and I kept saying mini prayers as I was waiting. Boy, was I glad he was there! I almost had a melt down when he said he was going to have to leave. He had a doctor's appointment scheduled this morning too and it was time for him to go. Right before he was about to walk out the Dr. came in. Whew! He first walks in and says "Sooo, looks like we've got some scoliosis here." Reeeeaaallly? Docs and their humor! He then put my x-rays up and showed us the damage. It looked pretty much the same to me. I was waiting to hear the numbers and was almost sure it would be in the 50's, when he said "Your top curve is 36 and lower curve is 38." WHAT!!! That was what it had been on my very first appointment 11 years ago! How could that be?!? I asked him if it was possible for the curve to lessen - I was seriously speechless! It's amazing what the Lord can do. That's the only way I can sum it up. I know it was not something I did. Over the past 11 years, it has progressively gotten worse and today it was back to what it was when I was first diagnosed. You have no idea how happy I was! I know I can trust God and that He has all the answers and knows what's best for me, but it's so hard not to get worked up and scared over situations like this. I have to keep telling myself to have faith and He just proved it in my appointment today! I feel so very blessed!! I was told to come back in another 3 years and he would check me again. He said he thinks I'm fine. No worries and definitely no surgery. He even said he doubts it will get much worse. All morning I was fearing the worst and had no idea I would be leaving my appointment with a huge smile on my face! Now, that my friends, is the power of prayer!!

Lucky in Love  – (June 1, 2009 at 4:43 PM)  

That is so wonderful!! Congratulations!

I have an appointment on Wednesday myself this week that I am so needing to trust God about...and this post was a real help! Thanks!

Ashley  – (June 1, 2009 at 4:48 PM)  

That’s amazing! I’m soooo happy for you! I was getting nervous just reading about the possibilities! What a great reminder to me that God is the place to put my trust!

the future mrs Hailey Hinz  – (June 1, 2009 at 4:48 PM)  

that is such a great story!!! im so happy for you! yea!!!

Kari Beth  – (June 1, 2009 at 4:51 PM)  

Wow Nicole! That is awesome...glad to hear the good news...tks for sharing :)

Nessa  – (June 1, 2009 at 5:01 PM)  

Oh that is awesome! Praise God!

Julie Q  – (June 1, 2009 at 5:52 PM)  

awww that's great news!! congrats :)

Naturally Caffeinated Family  – (June 1, 2009 at 6:50 PM)  

oh that is so wonderful!! praise God! so glad Hubby got to go with you too=) i am so happy for you!

Life at the White House  – (June 1, 2009 at 7:19 PM)  

how awesome! simply amazing - God is good!!!

alyssa  – (June 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM)  

that is AWESOME!!!!!! God is so good!!!! i had scoliosis & did the back brace thing. not fun! congrats on the news!!

Liana  – (June 1, 2009 at 8:27 PM)  

that is wonderful!!!! i can't imagine how scared you were, so i'm glad the big guy up stairs is working his magic :)

Jane  – (June 1, 2009 at 8:45 PM)  

Congratulations and thank God!

d.a.r.  – (June 1, 2009 at 8:52 PM)  

Praise GOD!!!! I cannot even imagine how scared you must have been so I am so grateful your hubby got to stay there with you!

Lauren  – (June 1, 2009 at 9:15 PM)  

That's great news! I'm glad to hear things are getting better and that was so sweet of Aaron to come with you. Prayer really does do amazing things :)

katie + bret  – (June 1, 2009 at 9:39 PM)  

fantastically amazing! CONGRATS!

Enginerd  – (June 1, 2009 at 10:11 PM)  

that is excellent news! wow, i'm so happy for you!

tickledpink  – (June 1, 2009 at 11:24 PM)  

That is wonderful news! I have scoliosis too, and one of my hips is slightly higher than the other. I know it can be painful! What awesome news! The power of prayer is amazing!

Jon and Steph  – (June 2, 2009 at 12:30 AM)  

Wow, wonderful news! This is such an amazing story. God is good, and the power of prayer is awesome!

Thanks for sharing this story! I think it's a great reminder for me this morning!

Milltini  – (June 2, 2009 at 8:33 AM)  

Wonderful news! So happy to hear this.

LyndsAU  – (June 2, 2009 at 8:56 AM)  

That is GREAT news girl. I am so happy for you! God is good!

Lindsey  – (June 2, 2009 at 9:43 AM)  

Wow, so awesome!! YAYAY!!!

Emily  – (June 2, 2009 at 1:23 PM)  

Ahh yeah! What great news my friend:) Such a great story! thanks for sharing:)

My name is Megan...  – (June 2, 2009 at 11:21 PM)  

I'm so glad it improved!!! God is good!

hisMrs  – (June 4, 2009 at 1:09 AM)  

I have scoliosis too!!!! It is definitely NOT fun. My top is 54 degrees and my bottom is 47. What is interesting though is that my orthopedic surgeon does not recommend surgery even with the severity of my curve. He said that my body has adjusted to the curve very well. Pretty lucky I guess.

I am SO SO happy that you had good news at the doctors. It definitely can be very scary. My fiance actually has scoliosis too. He had the surgery for it. It left him with a scar about a foot long and a strong back that STILL hurts every once in a while. haha

Congratulations on the great news!!! :)

USCEmily  – (June 4, 2009 at 1:18 PM)  

Wow! That is truly amazing! I am so happy for you, Nicole :-)

yours truly...  – (June 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM)  

So happy to hear of good news!! The power of prayer is amazing!!

writing4612  – (August 5, 2009 at 5:59 PM)  

I know from experience that kind of pain only gets worse.

I would seek out a second opinion, just to be sure. I know several people who have had the surgery done; they haven't regretted it.

I will say surgery is a last resort, if there's something else you can try, do it. A year in a back brace is nothing compared to other things that could be done.

writing4612  – (August 5, 2009 at 6:02 PM)  

I just reread the post. How awesome that your curve isn't what they thought it was!! No bad news from doctors especially is great!

I was concerned that you were still having pain. Disregard what I said then. :)

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